Last summer I was envious of my friends leaving for weekends on their bicycles with their panniers packed with all of their camping gear. I love camping and I love biking, so I had to figure out a way to join them without going out and buying a touring bike. As an avid backpacker, I already own all of the ultralight camping gear, so it was just a matter of how to get it all on my bike and still be able to ride it. If I’m able to pack all of that in a backpack and carry it on my back for 10 miles, how much harder can it be to carry it on a bike, right? (And yes, all of you that have ever carried your camping gear on a bike, feel free to snicker a little at this point.) The Katy Trail was picked for the destination as an easier route for a first-timer. I was also biking with my friends Jackie and Kirk, and Kirk’s 13 year-old daughter Mazzy. It was Mazzy’s first distance ride, so Continue reading
Two of my favorite things – biking and camping. To be able to take off on a weekend and do both is the best of both worlds! Riding down a tree-covered trail by day and sleeping under the stars listening to the symphony of night.
I started collecting ultralight camping gear to allow me to stuff my kayak and overnight on a gravel bar. After I had all the light-weight camping gear, the next logical step for me was to buy a backpack. I am now an avid backpacker and regularly carry all I need for a weekend in a 65 liter backpack that normally weighs 35-40 lbs packed. Next step…..let’s try to get all that gear I carry in a backpack and see if I can manage to get it on my trail bike so I can do an overnight ride on the Katy Trail.
I have two choices for sleeping. If I will be on a trail where I know I can find trees, I will Continue reading
Yes, it is that time of year. There is a reason for the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”, so it is always good during these cool spring days to prepare in case of rain during our rides. I normally choose to not ride in the rain, but we all know sometimes we don’t have a choice. You leave on a nice, sunny spring morning, and BOOM – you are 20 miles from home and those first rain drops start falling. Continue reading
I can’t say this enough… I love to travel. Being a Midwesterner, traveling to warm tropical beaches is heaven. I also love to bike. When I heard recently there was a bicycle tour company that took you on a cruise to cycle at the different ports, I couldn’t sign up fast enough. On a recent week in February I set sail on the Norwegian Star with Bike & Cruise Tours. http://www.bikeandcruisetours.com Our group consisted of 25 men and women, some older, some younger, some more experienced than others. The one thing we had in common was a love of cycling.
Our first stop – Roatan Island, Honduras. When we were cleared to leave the ship, Continue reading